Yahoo wants to banish your email passwords forever

Yahoo takes a step forward and announces the end of passwords, or rather his death, if you stick to the words of Dylan Casey, vice president of product signature. And they are not just words: the mythical firm has just launched its new version of its e-mail service you no longer need to enter our password for access.

The operation that have been devised in Yahoo is really simple: once the user accesses the mail service, enter your username and click on continue.

At that time, when search requests Gmail, Yahoo Mail does is send an alert to the smartphone we have associated ourselves. Once we accept the application on your mobile phone, you automatically go into our inbox.

A step forward

All major email providers have introduced cloud two-step authentication (password aplicaciones additional key sent to mobile) services but none had taken the drastic decision to disregard the first step.

No wonder it is Yahoo that takes this path, since in March and presented a solution (called On-Demand Passwords) that banished the problem of remembering the password for our mail to create temporary keys that are sent via SMS to mobile user.

This feature, however, was not successful and only 3 of the 225 million active users of Yahoo Mail opted for it, according to figures provided by the company itself. Therefore, the company will eliminate this tool and automatically migrate your users to the new role without passwords.

Passwords source of insecurity

Today, with billions of Internet users, the fact is that passwords (at least as the understood so far) have become useless and unhelpful. There are few scandals unauthorized intrusions accounts known personalities of our society (we all remember the stolen photos iCloud to celebrities like Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence) and it is not unusual to find on Internet forums thousand and one ways to crack the code personnel of any user.

Moreover, a large portion of Internet users use passwords too easy to guess and very unsafe. As we discussed enTICbeat, in 2010 the analysis of 32 million passwords stolen by site users aplicaciones that 30 of them had less than six characters, or that 50 were common names and other things easy to guess. And subsequent to that, such as the 130 million user credentials stolen in October 2013 at Adobe, have returned similar results.

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